Doom 64

Midway has ported the game perfectly,
keeping all the elements that made Doom great.

Publisher: Midway Home Entertainment
Developer: Midway Home Entertainment
Genre: First-Person Shooter

Let's be up-front about this. Doom is one of the greatest action games ever made. It redefined gaming four years ago by combining an incredibly immersive environment with the age-old videogame concept "if it moves, shoot it." Since then, hundreds of "me-too" games have been released, but none have been able to reproduce Doom's secret formula of tension, speed, and violence.

Midway Home Entertainment has ported the game perfectly, keeping all the elements that made Doom great, and purposely leaving out changes (i.e. "improvements") to the gameplay that would have made it something other than Doom. That's not to say that there aren't some surprises -- Doom 64 has a new weapon, a few new creatures, and a couple of tricks up its sleeve.

First off, the game looks amazing. There is a wide variety of environments, from castles to space stations, to the well known pits of Hell. The guys at Midway said that they used enough texture maps to create seven complete Doom games, and it shows. In previous incarnations, the closer you got to a wall or monster, the worse it looked. Midway took advantage of the N64's trilinear mip-mapping to anti-alias the texture maps. Now instead of horrible blocky things, you get slightly blurry things and it's a vast improvement.

The level design is great, too. Even though Midway designed each level, they are all "Id sanctioned," so you know they're the real deal. Each level is filled with monsters to blast and puzzles to solve. Plus, they are much larger and make you think a little harder than the typical Doom levels, so you definitely won't run through it in a single evening.

All of the characters have been redesigned, but none have been radically altered. Midway has added a lot of detail to each creature and, in most cases, the effect is startling. The heat-seeking-missile-launching Revenant is noticibly absent, but in its place is a new breed of Imp, and a new final boss.

All of the weapons were redesigned as well. They don't do anything different, but they look better doing it. The chainsaw has two blades now and is particularly gruesome. There is also a new weapon that tops the BFG 9000, but we won't spoil the surprise by telling you what it is.

Doom 64 isn't a perfect game though. For one thing, the characters suffer from a severe lack of animation frames. As in every other version, the sprite-based characters jerk about the screen like Rock'em Sock'em Robots. We'll probably never know if this was due to a lack of effort on Williams' part or if it's a limitation of the cartridge format. Sprite clipping was also evident in our reviewable copy. When half of a monster disappears from one frame to the next it's not the end of the world, but it's still annoying.

Lastly, it's still Doom. If you didn't like the game before, you aren't going to like it any more now that it has even better graphics and sound. You still go through a world blowing things up in first-person perspective, you still solve puzzles by tripping switches, and you still can blow yourself up with the rocket launcher. Every N64 owner who is a fan of the first-person shooters probably wept the day they heard Doom was being ported to N64. Having the mother of all action games on the most powerful system ever seems too good to believe, but we're here to tell you that it's really here, and it's really great.

Features Menu
Enter the following password: ?TJL BDFW BFGV JVVB. This code will take you to level one. Now all you have to do is press START to pause the game, and there should be a "Features" option in the menu. This will enable you to warp to other levels, activate the God mode, gain full health, get all weapons & ammo, and look at full maps!

Super Password!
Enter the following password: W93M 7H20 BCY0 PSVB. This code will give you 100 health, 200 armor, all the weapons, full ammo, the backpack, levels 29-31 finished, and takes you to the last level. Also, it gives you three pentagram items that make your laser three times as powerful as the BFG9000. You will be able to kill the last boss in four seconds. The three pentagram items also let you use the three switches in the last level (closes the gates that spawn the monsters), and the laser now shoots faster and stronger.

Level Passwords
Although it is recommended that one plays Doom 64 with a Controller Pak, the game also offers a password feature.

Skill Level: Be gentle!

Level 02: cdp8 9bj2 68zt svk? 
Level 03: cxm8 9bjy 681t jvk? 
Level 04: ddk8 9bjt 683s 9vk? 
Level 05: dxh8 9bjp 685s 1vk? 
Level 06: fdf8 9bjk 687s svk? 
Level 07: fxc8 9bjf 689s jvk? 
Level 08: gd?8 9bc? 69br ?bk? 
Level 09: gx88 9bc6 69dr 2bk? 
Level 10: hd68 9bc2 69gr tbk? 
Level 11: hx48 9bcy 69jr kbk? 
Level 12: jd28 9bct 69lq ?bk? 
Level 13: jx08 9bcp 69nq 2bk? 
Level 14: kdy8 9bck 69qq tbk? 
Level 15: kxw8 9bcf 69sq kbk? 
Level 16: lft8 9bb? 69vp ?vk? 
Level 17: lyr8 9bb6 69xp 2vk? 
Level 18: mfp8 9bb2 69zp tvk? 
Level 19: mym8 9bby 691p kvk? 
Level 20: nfk8 9bbt 693n ?vk? 
Level 21: nyh8 9bbp 695n 2vk? 
Level 22: pff8 9bbk 697n tvk? 
Level 23: pyc8 9bbf 699n kvk? 
Level 24: qf?8 9bf? 6?bm ?bk? 
Level 25: qy88 9bf6 6?dm 2bk? 
Level 26: rf68 9bf2 6?gm tbk? 
Level 27: ry48 9bfy 6?jm kbk? 
Level 28: sf28 9bft 6?ll ?bk? 
Level 29: sy08 9bfp 6?nl 2bk? 
Level 30: tfy8 9bfk 6?ql tbk? 
Level 31: tyw8 9bff 6?sl kbk? 
Level 32: vbt8 9bd? 6?vk 9vk?

Skill Level: Bring it on!

Level 02: cjpr 9bj1 68z? qvk? 
Level 03: c1mr 9bjx 681? gvk? 
Level 04: djkr 9bjs 6839 7vk? 
Level 05: d1hr 9bjn 6859 zvk? 
Level 06: fjfr 9bjj 6879 qvk? 
Level 07: f1cr 9bjd 6899 gvk? 
Level 08: gj?r 9bc9 69b8 8bk? 
Level 09: g18r 9bc5 69d8 0bk? 
Level 10: hj6r 9bc1 69g8 rbk? 
Level 11: h14r 9bcx 69j8 hbk? 
Level 12: jj2r 9bcs 69l7 8bk? 
Level 13: j10r 9bcn 69n7 0bk? 
Level 14: kjyr 9bcj 69q7 rbk? 
Level 15: k1wr 9bcd 69s7 hbk? 
Level 16: lktr 9bb9 69v6 8vk? 
Level 17: l2rr 9bb5 69x6 0vk? 
Level 18: mkpr 9bb1 69z6 rvk? 
Level 19: m2mr 9bbx 6916 hvk? 
Level 20: nkkr 9bbs 6935 8vk? 
Level 21: n2hr 9bbn 6955 0vk? 
Level 22: pkfr 9bbj 6975 rvk? 
Level 23: p2cr 9bbd 6995 hvk? 
Level 24: qk?r 9bf9 6?b4 8bk? 
Level 25: q28r 9bf5 6?d4 0bk? 
Level 26: rk6r 9bf1 6?g4 rbk? 
Level 27: r24r 9bfx 6?j4 hbk? 
Level 28: sk2r 9bfs 6?l3 8bk? 
Level 29: s20r 9bfn 6?n3 0bk? 
Level 30: tkyr 9bfj 6?q3 rbk? 
Level 31: t2wr 9bfd 6?s3 hbk? 
Level 32: vgtr 9bd9 6?v2 7vk? 

Skill Level: I own Doom!

Level 02: cnn8 9bj0 680t nvk? 
Level 03: c5l8 9bjw 682t dvk? 
Level 04: dnj8 9bjr 684s 5vk? 
Level 05: d5g8 9bjm 686s xvk? 
Level 06: fnd8 9bjh 688s nvk? 
Level 07: f5b8 9bjc 68?s dvk? 
Level 08: gn98 9bc8 69cr 6bk? 
Level 09: g578 9bc4 69fr ybk? 
Level 10: hn58 9bc0 69hr pbk? 
Level 11: h538 9bcw 69kr fbk? 
Level 12: jn18 9bcr 69mq 6bk? 
Level 13: j5z8 9bcm 69pq ybk? 
Level 14: knx8 9bch 69rq pbk? 
Level 15: k5v8 9bcc 69tq fbk? 
Level 16: lps8 9bb8 69wp 6vk? 
Level 17: l6q8 9bb4 69yp yvk? 
Level 18: mpn8 9bb0 690p pvk? 
Level 19: m6l8 9bbw 692p fvk? 
Level 20: npj8 9bbr 694n 6vk? 
Level 21: n6g8 9bbm 696n yvk? 
Level 22: ppd8 9bbh 698n pvk? 
Level 23: p6b8 9bbc 69?n fvk? 
Level 24: qp98 9bf8 6?cm 6bk? 
Level 25: q678 9bf4 6?fm ybk? 
Level 26: rp58 9bf0 6?hm pbk? 
Level 27: r638 9bfw 6?km fbk? 
Level 28: sp18 9bfr 6?ml 6bk? 
Level 29: s6z8 9bfm 6?pl ybk? 
Level 30: tpx8 9bfh 6?rl pbk? 
Level 31: t6v8 9bfc 6?tl fbk? 
Level 32: vls8 9bd8 6?wk 5vk? 

Skill Level: Watch me die!

Level 02: csnr 9bjz 680? lvk? 
Level 03: c9lr 9bjv 682? bvk? 
Level 04: dsjr 9bjq 6849 3vk? 
Level 05: d9gr 9bjl 6869 vvk? 
Level 06: fsdr 9bjg 6889 lvk? 
Level 07: f9br 9bjb 68?9 bvk? 
Level 08: gs9r 9bc7 69c8 4bk? 
Level 09: g97r 9bc3 69f8 wbk? 
Level 10: hs5r 9bcz 69h8 mbk? 
Level 11: h93r 9bcv 69k8 cbk? 
Level 12: js1r 9bcq 69m7 4bk? 
Level 13: j9zr 9bcl 69p7 wbk? 
Level 14: ksxr 9bcg 69r7 mbk? 
Level 15: k9vr 9bcb 69t7 cbk? 
Level 16: ltsr 9bb7 69w6 4vk? 
Level 17: l?qr 9bb3 69y6 wvk? 
Level 18: mtnr 9bbz 6906 mvk? 
Level 19: m?lr 9bbv 6926 cvk? 
Level 20: ntjr 9bbq 6945 4vk? 
Level 21: n?gr 9bbl 6965 wvk? 
Level 22: ptdr 9bbg 6985 mvk? 
Level 23: p?br 9bbb 69?5 cvk? 
Level 24: qt9r 9bf7 6?c4 4bk? 
Level 25: q?7r 9bf3 6?f4 wbk? 
Level 26: rt5r 9bfz 6?h4 mbk? 
Level 27: r?3r 9bfv 6?k4 cbk? 
Level 28: st1r 9bfq 6?m3 4bk? 
Level 29: s?zr 9bfl 6?p3 wbk? 
Level 30: ttxr 9bfg 6?r3 mbk? 
Level 31: t?vr 9bfb 6?t3 cbk? 
Level 32: vqsr 9bd7 6?w2 3vk? 

Death Taunts
After you lose a life, just sit there. Every minute, a "taunt" will appear for about 10 seconds at random at the top of the screen. Here are some of the taunts:

If you wait long enough, you'll see many more! It's pretty neat, although you should remember these taunts appear as text and are not spoken.